read1 W1S1 [ri:d] v past tense and past participle read [red]
2¦(find information)¦
3¦(read and speak)¦
4¦(music/maps etc)¦
6¦(understand something in a particular way)¦
7¦(have words on)¦
8¦(style of writing)¦
9 read something as/for something
11¦(at university)¦
12 take it as read (that)
13 take something as read
14 read between the lines
15 read somebody's mind/thoughts
16 can read somebody like a book
17 read somebody's palm
18 read somebody's lips
19 read my lips
20 do you read me?
21 well-read/widely-read
Phrasal verbs
 read something<=>back
 read for something
 read something into something
 read something<=>out
 read something<=>through/over
 read up on something
[: Old English; Origin: rAdan]
1.) ¦(WORDS/BOOKS)¦ [I and T]
to look at written words and understand what they mean
I can't read your writing.
She picked up the letter and read it.
Read the instructions carefully before you start.
children who are just learning to read and write
Her books are quite widely read (=read by a lot of people) .
When I was young, I read every one of his books from cover to cover . (=read all of something because you are very interested )
2.) ¦(FIND INFORMATION)¦ [I,T not in progressive]
to find out information from books, newspapers etc
You can't believe everything you read in the papers.
read about
Did you read about what happened to that guy in Florida?
read of
I was shocked when I read of his death.
read (that)
I read last week that the disease is on the increase.
3.) ¦(READ AND SPEAK)¦ [I and T]
to say the words in a book, newspaper etc so that people can hear them
read sb sth
Daddy, will you read me a story?
read (sth) to sb
Our mother reads to us every evening.
Teachers should read more poetry to children.
He glanced at the letter and began to read it aloud .
4.) ¦(MUSIC/MAPS ETC)¦ [T]
to look at signs or pictures and understand what they mean
He plays the violin very well but can't actually read music.
Are you any good at map reading?
5.) ¦(COMPUTER)¦ [T]
technical if a computer can read a ↑disk, it can take the information that is on the disk and put it into its memory
6.) ¦(UNDERSTAND SOMETHING IN A PARTICULAR WAY)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]
to understand a situation, remark etc in one of several possible ways
I wasn't sure how to read his silence.
read sth as sth
She shook her head, and I read this as a refusal.
The poem can be read as a protest against war.
read sth well/accurately
(=understand something correctly)
He had accurately read the mood of the nation.
7.) ¦(HAVE WORDS ON)¦ [T not in progressive]
used to say what words are on a sign, in a letter etc
= ↑say
A sign on the outer door read: 'No Entry'.
if something reads well, badly etc, it has been written well, badly etc
I think in general the report reads well .
9.) read sth as/for sth
to replace one word or number with another one, usually with the correct one
Please read £50 as £15.
For 'November' (=instead of November) on line 6, read 'September'.
10.)¦(MEASURING)¦ [T]
a) to look at the number or amount shown on a measuring instrument
Someone should be coming to read the gas meter.
b) if a measuring instrument reads a particular number, it shows that number
The thermometer read 46 degrees.
11.) ¦(AT UNIVERSITY)¦ [I and T]
[i]BrE to study a subject at a university
I read history at Cambridge.
read for
He wants to read for a law degree.
12.) take it as read (that)
especially BrE to feel certain that something is true although no one has told you it is true
= ↑assume
You can take it as read that we will support the project.
13.) take sth as read
to accept that a report or statement is correct without reading it or discussing it
We'll take the secretary's report as read.
14.) read between the lines
to guess someone's real feelings from something they say or write, when they do not tell you directly
Reading between the lines, I'd say Robert's not very happy.
15.) read sb's mind/thoughts
to guess what someone else is thinking
'Want some coffee?' 'You read my mind.'
16.) can read sb like a book
if you can read someone like a book, you know them so well that you immediately know what they are thinking or feeling
17.) read sb's palm
to look carefully at someone's hand, in order to find out about their future
18.) read sb's lips
to understand what someone is saying by watching the way their lips move. People who cannot hear do this.
19.) read my lips
spoken used to tell someone that you really mean what you are saying
Read my lips: I will not let you down.
20.) do you read me?
spoken used to ask someone whether they can hear you when you are speaking to them by radio
21.) well-read/widely-read
someone who is well-read has read a lot of books and knows a lot about many subjects
She is intelligent and extremely well-read.
read (sb) the riot act atriot1 (4)
read back [read sth<=>back] phr v
to read out loud something that you have just written down
read something<=>back to
Can you read that last bit back to me?
read for [read for sth] phr v
to say some of the words that are said by a particular character in a play, as a test of your ability to act
read into [read sth into sth] phr v
to think that a situation, action etc has a meaning or importance that it does not really have
It was only a casual remark. I think you're reading too much into it.
read out [read sth<=>out] phr v
to read and say words that are written down, so that people can hear
Why don't you read out the name of the winner?
read something<=>out to
He read the last few sentences out to me.
read through/over [read sth<=>through/over] phr v
to read something carefully from beginning to end in order to check details or find mistakes
= ↑check over/through
Read the contract over carefully before you sign it.
Spend a couple of minutes just reading through your essay.
read up on [read up on sth] phr v
to read a lot about something because you will need to know about it
You'll enjoy traveling more if you read up on the history of the countries you'll be visiting.
to read parts of something: dip into, flick/leaf through, browse through
to read something quickly: skim, scan
to read something carefully: pore over, scrutinize
to read something long and boring: plough through (BrE) plow through (AmE), wade through
clear enough to read: legible
not clear enough to read: illegible
someone who is unable to read: illiterate
someone who likes reading very much: bookworm
read 2
read2 n [singular] informal
1.) BrE if you have a read, you spend time reading
I sat down to have a nice quiet read .
read of
I had a quick read of the report before I left.
2.) a good read
something that you enjoy reading
I thought his last book was a really good read.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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